Positive action provisions of the Equality Act come into force

Implementation date: 6 April 2011

Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010, which permits employers to treat individuals with a protected characteristic more favourably than others in connection with recruitment or promotion, comes into force. This applies only to candidates of equal merit and the more favourable treatment must enable or encourage an individual to overcome or minimise a disadvantage or participate in an activity where he or she is under-represented in that activity. Read the Equality Act 2010 and the commencement order on the UK legislation website.
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